periphrastic


peri·phras·tic

adjective \ˌper-ə-ˈfras-tik\

Definition of PERIPHRASTIC

1
:  of, relating to, or characterized by periphrasis
2
:  formed by the use of function words or auxiliaries instead of by inflection <more fair is a periphrastic comparative>
peri·phras·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of PERIPHRASTIC

1805

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